Thursday, October 21, 2010

Any Questions?

Work in progress: "How Alaska Won the Cold War"

This clip is from a short film I'm working on about growing up in the Sixties and Seventies in the shadow of Nike Missile sites and Soviet Bear Bombers

Monday, October 18, 2010

You Have the Right to Remain Silent...

Full disclosure: I freelance regularly for Alaska Dispatch, know Tony Hopfinger, and welcome questions about my tawdry past as a longtime member of the private sector

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Have you Hugged Your Generator Today?

The good people at the Renewable Energy Alaska Project contacted me to design an invitation to their 6th anniversary party. After several attempts at images that were contrived, over-thought and convoluted, I came up with this. The image of a husky on a treadmill is based on a visit years ago to Martin Buser's kennel where he had over-sized hamster wheels for his dogs to train on for the Iditarod. Truth is stranger than illustration.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

24 hours: An artist looks at every time zone at once

Here is a time lapse photo record of the gallery opening of British artist Philip Lunn's piece "24 Hours". Philip constructed an installation of 24 computer screens, each connected to a person in one of the earth's 24 time zones. Gallery visitors could pick up a phone and talk to any of the 24 through Skype. I volunteered to hold down the Alaska spot. The screens were arranged to approximate geography with the far East being the extreme right and the far West on the extreme left. Alaska is second from far left, up high.

I had pleasant conversations with a number of visitors. There was a stool for them to stand on, but it was still difficult to see more than the tops of their heads. Philip hopes to reprise the piece in the future, I hope he'll have taller stools! This was Philip's thesis piece for his MFA. He was awarded the Dean's prize. For more about this work, go to Philip's Website and follow the 24 hours link. The film is ©2010 Philip Lunn.